Love Bytes says hello and welcome to author T.J. Masters joining us today to talk about his new re release of Dear Santa, Dear Dad.
Welcome T.J. 🙂
My novella Dear Santa, Dear Dad has just been released by the lovely Dreamspinner Press and is a seasonal story of loss and reconciliation but also of a man re-evaluating his life after the loss of his wife and the much older rejection of his gay son. Does that sound too sad for Christmas? This story is full of hope, of love and all the fuzzy feelings of Christmas around a log fire.
The story is set in the far North East of England near Hadrian’s Wall which was the ancient border between England and Scotland. The fictional village is inspired by Heddon-on-the-Wall, a village in Northumberland, England, located on Hadrian’s Wall. The village is roughly 9 miles (14 km) west of Newcastle upon Tyne. The place-name ‘Heddon’ means ‘hill where heather grew’. The village is also popular with tourists on their way to visit the ancient Roman wall. The site contains the longest section of unbroken wall at its original and planned width, now known as Broad Wall. This whole area is a beautiful part of the UK given over mostly to farm land but also with stunning coastline with long unspoiled sandy beaches and many ancient sites such as the coastal castle at Bamburgh.
Two days before Christmas, widower Steven drives to the North of England to meet his estranged son, Andy, hoping for a reconciliation. Steven rejected his son when, as a nineteen-year-old student, Andy came out to his parents. Andy now enjoys a happy and fulfilling relationship with Peter, who initiates contact with Steven by forwarding an almost childlike letter to Santa, in which Andy asks for a father who loves him.
Andy isn’t quick to forgive his father, but the bad weather conspires to strand them all together over the holidays. Father and son experience a steep learning curve, not helped by Steven’s realization that his son’s lover is older than he is. But proximity and familiarity have a way of breaking down barriers, and if all three men can work together in the spirit of cooperation, this Christmas might be one that changes their lives forever.
Cover Artist: Alexandria Corza
T.J. Lives in Hertfordshire to the north of London with his Civil Partner Ian. Following a long career in school teaching T.J. took early retirement in order to do something about his long held desire to write and get published. With his passion for books, learning and the sharing of knowledge, T.J. woke up to the knowledge that he had stories to tell, books to write and less than half a lifetime left to do it in. Dreamspinner press published TJ’s first novel Taking the Gardener in 2013 and this marked the beginning of a happy collaboration between author and publisher right up to the present new release.
Alongside this passion for books and writing, T.J. also found an outlet for his inner geek and has become a great advocate for social media in various forms. Blogging has become a great outlet for T.J’s many interests including the writerly ones. The author has a website where he blogs regularly and he loves to interact with his readers and followers on Twitter and Facebook.
Website/blog : https://www.tjmasters.com
Twitter : https://twitter.com/tjmasters
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/tjmasterswriter
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